Missing Flappy Bird? Here’s how you can get it back on your Android phone

Flappy Bird has been pulled off the iPhone and Android app stores by its developer and we are still getting over the fact. Here we were dreading years of sequels and false excitement about new versions, only to find ourselves Flappy-Bird-less in a weekend. Of course, those of you who still have the hugely popular and successful game, can continue playing as you have been. However, if you uninstalled the game to keep it from taking over your weekend, this must be pretty bad timing.

 

Fortunately for those using Android at least, there are many ways to get the game back, thanks to the native ability to sideload apps. Firstly, you have to find the apk for the game. A simple Google search for ‘Flappy Bird apk’ should suffice, although for us at least, one of the first few results turned a website with a Google Drive-hosted apk that had been downloaded so many times, that Google had stopped further downloads. Another option is to look on popular torrent sites. It’s not a big file and clocks in at less than 1 MB so you won’t be burning too much data.

Once downloaded, the apk can only be installed if you have allowed installation of apps from unknown sources. You will find this entry in the security tab of the settings app on your Android phone and it’s a simple checkbox that you should leave checked to be able to sideload apps. Since by default it’s turned off, you may have to turn it on first before installing the app. In any case, the installation UI should warn you about having to turn the setting on.

And that’s it. Once installed, the game should work just fine and you can get back to crashing into pillars and cursing your timing. Of course, using this roundabout trick might break some functionality, such as the Google Play Games sign-in, but that’s working as advertised for us.

Source: http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/get-flappy-bird-android-phone-217944.html

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PS1 And PS2 Games Will Be Playable On PlayStation 4 Very Soon

Backward compatibility is a big deal in the gaming world, and when Sony announced its PS4 console, much of the talk was about the lack of any ability to play those back catalogues of games that everyone had spent the last few years accumulating. Sony has since sought to rectify that by announcing PlayStation Now, the game streaming service that will see PS3 games streamed over the Internet, but there is no local support being added to consoles.

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While this is all well and good for PS3 titles, what about those classic PS2 and PlayStation games that enthusiasts love so much? If the original Tomb Raider is your bag, then being able to play Lara’s first outing on your PS4 is something you’d enjoy, and it seems Sony is getting ready to accommodate just that.

A source inside Sony’s streaming service team has said that while PS3 games will only be streamable via PlayStation Now, older PlayStation and PS2 games will actually be able to run locally using hardware emulation, something Sony hasn’t done since the early PS3 days. Software emulation via PSN has since been the order of the day for Sony’s PlayStation brand, but the idea of hardware support returning to the brand will please hardcore gamers.

Part of that hardware emulation is Sony’s aim to try and get enhanced HD visuals into the mix. Many of the past generations’ biggest hits have had HD remixes over the years, and improved HD support across the board for PlayStation and PS2 titles would most definitely be a welcome addition.

While hardware support is great news though, we can’t help but be much more interested in PlayStation Now. From a purely technical standpoint, streaming HD games over the Internet without having the video and input lag that plagued startups like Onlive is no mean feat, though with Sony’s clout and tactical business purchases of late, we wouldn’t put it past them. Early indications have been roundly positive, so we may not need hardware support after all!

But it would’ve been great that such things were cleared up at the announcement of the PS4 itself. After all, adding bits and pieces after the launch somewhat lays most of the excitement to rest.

Source:  http://www.redmondpie.com/ps1-and-ps2-games-will-be-playable-on-playstation-4-very-soon/

White Xbox One rumoured for October

Microsoft is reportedly prepping a white edition of its Xbox One console for launch this October.

Reports that the company is planning on launching a white console emerged on forum NeoGaf and was subsequently confirmed by The Verge.

According to the reports, it will be the same console that was given to members of the launch team in November 2013.

Microsoft is believed to be prepping the white edition of the console for launch around October alongside the release of Sunset Overdrive.

There is also talk that Microsoft may launch a digital-only version of the Xbox One that comes without a Blu-ray drive.

Previous hints

Microsoft has already confirmed that it may launch a white edition of the Xbox One. When asked on Reddit whether Microsoft would launch a white edition of the console, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb said “maybe waaaay in the future”.

Pictures of the white dev version of the console emerged in July last year ahead of the console’s launch.

The Verge added that in addition to a white version of the console coming in October, Microsoft will also release the first major update to the console in March.

According to the website, the dashboard update will bring a number of fixes to the console and Xbox Live.

Microsoft has refused to comment on the rumours.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/white-xbox-one-rumoured-for-october

ZX Spectrum hits Kickstarter target

The ZX Spectrum will hit UK shelves in the near future after the Kickstarter campaign started to fund its return hit its target.

The company announced that it had hit the target of £60,000 late last night.

Elite Systems floated the idea of bringing backing the games console as a Bluetooth accessory for iOSAndroid and Windows Phone after it acquired the rights to its back catalogue last year.

The company said that if it managed to raise the funds need, it would launch the keyboard for iOS, followed by Android and Windows Phone.

According to Elite, the company hopes to have the first batch of keyboards on sale by September. It has said they will be priced around £39.99.

Sourcehttp://www.t3.com/news/zx-spectrum-hits-kickstarter-target

Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

Microsoft has released the first unboxing video of its forthcoming Xbox One console, along with details on its pricing policy. The bad news is that gamers will have to pay extra for some features, but on the plus side they get a free mono headset.

When the Xbox One was shown off for the first time, Microsoft’s Don Matrick, then president of Redmond’s interactive entertainment business and now CEO at Zynga, extolled the new features of the console. These include Skype, a gaming DVR system that lets you record gaming triumphs, NFL game streaming, and a system called Smartmatch that will find suitable opponents for players.

 

What he neglected to mention, and what Microsoft has now confirmed, is that all of these will require owners to pony up $60 a year for an Xbox Live Gold subscription on top of the console’s hefty $499 purchase price.

On the plus side, Microsoft is adding more hardware to the Xbox, as it showed in its unboxing video released on Thursday. Xbox One buyers will get a mono headset with microphone included for free – an item that would have set them back a whole $20 otherwise – as well as a free Xbox sticker.

During the unboxing video, Microsoft’s director of Xbox programming Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson as his gamer tag reads, extolled the virtues of the new hardware. The controller now has “impulse triggers,” which will “change the way you game.” A 4k-compliant HDMI cable is also included, which given the $1,888.75 price Best Buy can charge these days could be a major saving.

The extras don’t seem to have impressed many and Xbox message boards are already starting to build up a head of steam from outraged gamers whining about yet another way that Redmond is shaking money from their pockets.

Sony was quick to put the boot in, as it did the day after the Xbox One launch by promising a cheaper, DRM-free console in the PS4. Shortly after Microsoft confirmed the subscription-locked features, Sony’s president of worldwide studios took to Twitter to point out that Sony would be giving features like in-game recording for free.

That’s slightly disingenuous, since Sony will now be charging $50 a year to play multiplayer games online, and the PS4’s $399 purchase price doesn’t include a motion sensor like the heartbeat-sensing Kinect from Microsoft.

But it’s still a cheaper bet than the Xbox One as a package. Microsoft must just be hoping that the Xbox One has the quality to win over buyers who are prepared to pay more.

Sourcehttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/09/xbox_one_users_will_have_to_pay_extra_for_skype_and_games_dvr/

Mercenary Kings Available On Steam’s Early Access On July 22nd

Mercenary Kings is a 2D side-scrolling retro co-op shooting game similar to franchises such as Metal Slug. Those who have faith in the game and want to play it before launches, may do so on July 22nd via Steam’s Early Access for $20.
Mercenary Kings is also one of the first three upcoming indie games along with Secret Ponchos and Don’t Starve for the PlayStation 4. Don’t Starve is already out on PC and is available for $15. Meanwhile, Mercenary Kings will be available on Steam’s Early Access on July 22nd for $20 as pre-launch game, the actual launch date is still unknown.

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Sourcehttp://gamingbolt.com/mercenary-kings-available-on-steams-early-access-on-july-22nd

Microsoft announces Xbox Live public beta featuring local currency payments

If you’ve always dreamed of paying for your Xbox 360 downloads with greenbacks instead of Microsoft Points, now is your chance. Microsoft on Friday announced a new Xbox Live public beta, and according to a post by Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the beta has a significant change: the ability to pay with local currency. Unlike previous betas, you don’t have to sign-up for this one on a Microsoft site. Instead, gamers in all 41 Xbox Live countries (except Japan) will see an Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox 360 dashboard.

The new local currency switch for Xbox Live was one of our top picks for features we wanted to see in the new Xbox. The aging Microsoft Points system made sense in the early days of Xbox, since it allowed the company to use a single “currency” worldwide. But now with the widespread availability of digital stores that can handle local transactions like the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store, it’s about time Microsoft Points disappeared.

Microsoft apparently heard our pleas—mixed in with millions of others, no doubt—and announced the switch in June. Microsoft Points will be retired in the fall most likely around the time the Xbox One becomes available in November. When the switch happens, anyone with Microsoft Points left over in their account will receive local currency “equal to or greater than the marketplace value” of the points, according to a Microsoft FAQ. Microsoft Points Cards will be redeemable through 2014; any points earned through Xbox Live Rewards will also transition to local currency.

Space is limited for the new Xbox Live beta so if you want in, you’ll have to sign-up fast. Once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public.

Sourcewww.pcworld.com/article/2043713/microsoft-announces-xbox-live-public-beta-featuring-local-currency-payments.html/

Microsoft outlines Xbox One’s new reputation system

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One will include a new reputation system that replaces the current star-based rating system on the 360. It will be designed to reward those that just play the game and are good participants while individuals that play against the spirit of the game or harass others will likely end up playing with people similar to them.

In an interview recently published by The Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin noted the program isn’t based strictly on user-created ratings. Instead, it’ll take into account metrics like how often you are blocked or muted by other players and whether moderators have had to take action against you.

These scores are intended to be public so others will be able to see if you are a good, friendly player or a bad apple. But if you were planning to ruin another user’s reputation purely out of spite, think again.

That’s because the system doesn’t allow for such behavior partially because the score is adjusted over time and also because it actually checks to see if you’ve played against said player before you can complain about their in-game behavior. Users can still file a complaint but it won’t count for nearly as much, we’re told.

Similar systems have been tried in the past elsewhere but not on a network as large as Xbox Live. Whether or not it’ll actually be an effective measure against trolls remains to be seen considering the current star system isn’t very effective.

Sourcewww.techspot.com/news/53135-microsoft-outlines-xbox-ones-new-reputation-system.html/

Ubisoft admits user data hacked

Ubisoft has revealed that one of its sites has been hacked, resulting in some customer data being access.

In an email to its customers, Ubisoft said that a security issue in one of its websites was exploited.

“We recently found that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorised access to some of our online systems. We instantly took steps to close off this access, investigate the incident and begin restoring the integrity of any compromised systems.

“During this process, we learned that data had been illegally accessed from our account database, including user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. Please note that no personal payment information is stored with Ubisoft, meaning your debit/credit card information was safe from this intrusion.

“As a result, we are recommending that you change the password for your account.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we also recommend that you change your password on any other Web site or service where you use the same or a similar password.

“You can find more information here https://support.ubi.com/en-GB/FAQ.aspx?platformid=60&brandid=2030&productid=3888&faqid=kA030000000eYYxCAM.

“For any additional support enquiries, please contact our customer service via our support web site at https://support.ubi.com

“We sincerely apologise to all of you for the inconvenience. Please rest assured that your security remains our priority.”

Sourcehttp://www.t3.com/news/ubisoft-admits-user-data-hacked

Defense Grid: The Awakening free for Xbox Live Gold members

While Microsoft’s “Games with Gold” promotion promised Xbox Live Gold members free triple A titles for free, they haven’t forgotten about the smaller scale projects.

Microsoft will be making Defense Grid: The Awakening its next free title starting today and ending on July 15.

Originally seeing an Xbox 360 release in September 2009 for 800 Microsoft Points, the Hidden Path Entertainment developed tower-defense game made its debut a year earlier on PC. An OS X edition would be released on OS X in 2010.

Defense Grid: The Awakening has players defending military bases from waves of aliens attempting an invasion by re-activating defense system with the assistance of a computer.

Last month, Microsoft made Lionhead’s 2010 action RPG Fable 3 the first game available in its “Games With Gold” after announcing the promotion at its E3 press briefing in Los Angeles.

The promotion will give a free game every two weeks to those with gold level Xbox Live memberships. Other games to be released in the future include Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3.

According to Microsoft, the promotion was a way to show Xbox Live Gold members gratitude.

“As our way of saying thanks for being part of this community, we’re giving all qualifying Gold members two free Xbox 360 games each month for the rest of the year,” read a release on Microsoft’s site. “Each specially selected, fan-favorite game will be available to download only for a limited time, so grab them before they’re gone and keep them no matter what.”

The move by Microsoft is similar to what Sony has been doing with its Playstation Plus service for quite some time. Playstation Plus members have enjoyed free Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita downloads of games including,Saints Row: The ThirdUncharted 3: Drakes Deception, Vanquish, The Cave, Little Big Planet and more.

As Microsoft plans to move into the next-gen with the Xbox One, the hardware maker hasn’t forgotten the Xbox 360. Last month saw a redesign launch in US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Australia in three different models.

Sourcehttp://www.gamenguide.com/articles/7464/20130702/defense-grid-awakening-free-xbox-live-gold-members.htm